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All other schools in the district are still open for in-person instruction. Currently, the high school is missing 18% of staff.

COURTESY PHOTO - Forest Grove School District Superintendent David Parker., Forest Grove News-Times - News  Forest Grove High School is pausing in-person instruction due to staffing shortages during a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Spokesperson David Warner said currently, the high school is missing 18% of staff, while 32% of the student body is absent.

"It's really about how we can cover and run school safely. We've been cobbling it together with other teachers covering during their prep periods and office staff filling in," Warner said. "We're just to the point where we can't safely do it anymore. There is too much uncovered."

Warner added there is not a set percentage of staff to return that would enable in-person instruction to resume.

The district said there will be no instruction Tuesday, Jan. 11, before online instruction starts Wednesday, Jan. 12. In-person instruction won't resume at least through Jan. 21.

"Our hope is this will allow our staff to recover from their illnesses and reconvene in-person instruction on Jan. 24," Superintendent David Parker said in a letter to families. "The current estimates are that this surge will peak before the end of January."

All other schools in the district are still open for in-person instruction. Parker added in the letter that athletics will pause Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, start practices only between Jan. 13 and Jan. 15, and start playing games again Jan. 17.


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